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CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES..
n July 22, 2016 the Dundas street office
relocated to the Skills Campus on Horton Street East. All of our employment services and industry skills programs are now on one site, providing more
integrated and seamless supports to more people.
think Kool & the Gang had it
right when they sang “Celebrate Good Times, Come on, it’s a Celebration”. Those of you my age are singing that in your head right now, aren’t you? We need someone to remind us to celebrate every so often. In the work that we do there is so much to celebrate, but often the difficult situations of others allow us little respite to reflect on the successes of some. We can get so bogged down in the difficult situations and the heartaches that we don’t stop to enjoy the wins.
DETAIL > This is the first of what we hope will be a bi-monthly newsletter, Employment Connections, celebrating the
BY THE NUMBERS...
What happened in the last month? Let's take a closer look...
partnership between Ontario Works and Pathways and between Case Workers and Front Line Staff in Connecting People to Jobs and Jobs to People. We hope you enjoy this inaugural edition. We look forward to
Were hired by local employers
29 Employers Hired skilled candidates
your feedback and your suggestions, as we take time out to Celebrate Good Times! - Jerry Colwell, Director of Client Services, Pathways Skill Development & Placement Centre
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28 Caseworkers Referred Clients who gained employment in the last month
Photos (Clockwise from Top Left): PMT class learns about Fall Arrest safety with instructor Chris Goss ; CTT class in front of the house they built in class with instructor Neil Suter; LIT Class; PMT class learns about Infection Control; Ibtehal practices fork lift with instructor Shane Jack
HIRED NEWS FEATURE
TAKING THE FIRST STEP & NEVER GIVING UP Resulted in Kevin finding security in a job he loves … and the opportunity to teach kids to play Baseball too ! by Alicia Berkeley
Kevin Kostiuk: Graduate, Property Maintenance Training Current Role: School Custodian and Lunchtime Monitor
fter the market crash in 2008 Kevin found himself out of a job for the first time in over a decade. The company he worked for closed, leaving its employees with short notice and few job prospects in a community that was really struggling. At home money was tight. With a family of 4 to support and no income, Kevin went on social assistance and kept trying. Through his support worker he heard about the Property Maintenance Training course at Pathways and decided to take the leap. The months flew by quickly. Kevin learned how to use equipment and hands-on techniques.
His class went out into the community learning how to work with equipment and implement practices out in “the real world”. As the class was coming to a close, and with the co-op placement approaching, Kevin picked up the phone and called a local school. After careful consideration, they accepted his proposal and brought him onsite for a 40 hour coop. What is Life like now? Since then Kevin has been working for the same organization. “I am happy. I really like working in the schools. And now I have huge stability in my life. I don’t have to rely on social assistance anymore. I have a good job.” He loves working in the school environment so much that he is also covering lunch duty two times a week.
With the Principal’s support Kevin, who has coached midget baseball in his spare time for over a decade, has started a Baseball Club teaching children the basics. “Many of these kids would never have had the opportunity to try out this sport. There are lots of struggles in the community and so far the kids are having a great time”
Social Services and Pathways turned my life around. There are people out there who will listen. You’ve just gotta take the first step”. "
Family with financial security
Schools with a lunchtime baseball program
Kevin ( at right ) with Property Maintenance Training instructor Chris Goss
Children are now playing baseball & having fun!
A note from Principal Hanna on Kevin's Baseball Program! "Kevin is a very important part of our community. Last school year Kevin approached me re the possibility of supervising students during the lunch hour after seeing a sign in our window for help wanted. After working in our building in custodial services on a casual basis in the summer, he felt that he wanted to do more. After we spoke I learned of Kevin’s gifts, specifically coaching baseball. He was excited about the thought of making a difference for our students, especially those with the greatest challenges on the school yard. I directed him to the OPHEA website where he researched all of the safety requirements for baseball, went out and purchased all the equipment for us and set the project to motion. Amazing the transformation in our students! They now look forward to Mr. Kostiuk’s baseball involvement. He has worked with primary and junior/intermediate students. His influence is a very positive one. We observed a reduction in conflict and an increase in active participation. Kevin teaches our students the skills necessary for the game and most importantly, builds their confidence to succeed on the ball diamond and beyond. He now has taken on a second school in baseball involvement along with his custodial position at another school.
Kevin ' s Baseball Program Many Children who have never played baseball before get together twice a week to learn & play!
Thank you Pathways for making a difference in Kevin’s life and be assured that he’s giving back to community in so many ways." - Sincerely, Principal Hanna
IBTEHAL'S STORY FROM IRAQ TO SYRIA TO CANADA "My first nation is Iraq. I was born in Baghdad and speak Arabic. In 2006 my father decided to move us from Iraq to Syria because of the war. At that time I was in high school (grade 12) planning to go Baghdad University as a civil engineer. But two months before I graduated my life started to change. In 2007 my family moved to Syria. Because I moved to Syria as a refugee I was not eligible to finish my university or college there. But I did not stop educating myself. I got a lot of the certificates through the UN Refugees Agency. Even after we lost my father one year later we decided to finish what my father chose for us. My life became harder and with big responsibilities. I started working in my Uncleâ€™s factory as a supervisor, working on my education and volunteering in the Red Cross on the weekend. In 2010 I started to work on my own business. I had a Day Care with 4 employees for 6 months, then I came here to Canada. I am glad we came to Canada, and it is honor for me to be a Canadian citizen.
I have been in Canada almost 5 years. I started ESL class, and volunteering and I became a supply teacher. After that I started working on my Canadian High School Diploma and I got my Canadian high school credits. I finished one year at Fanshawe College Business Management program. I went to Pathways to learn more about Canadian culture and Business, gain training and certificates, and finally to find a job for me to settle down and buy my own house. The LIT program has had a positive impact in my life. It helped me to develop group work skills, take leadership roles, meet new friends, work with different people in a welcoming environment, and assist me to participate in social activities. My goal right now is to find a job in any warehouse, and develop myself to work as a supervisor and a manager in the future." My advice to anyone in the same situation: Do not give up, there is nothing impossible in life. And do not be scared. Life does not wait - you have to work hard to get what you want.
Getting Back to Work
JAMES I am so happy to be back at work
For over 30 years I was always employed. Some of the jobs were not the greatest, but I seemed to always get by. Then I lost my job and had to go on employment insurance - I thought this was going to be short-term. Trying to find a job without grade 12 and no specific skills was next to impossible. MY E.I payment soon ran out and I found myself on Ontario Works. It was here that I learned I could take skills training at Pathways, so I decided that this may be an option for me to obtain the skills that I lacked. I decided I would take the chance. After I completed the 3 employment readiness workshops I decided that I would take the Property Maintenance course. When I showed up the first I day I thought maybe this isn't for me... After I listened to the instructor I began to think.. maybe this is for me. I decided I would go through with the 8 weeks and try to gain knowledge and find a job. I am happy to say that after the course I found a job in the Industry and I am so happy to be back at work.
If I could talk to people about the courses that Pathways offers I would strongly advise them to take the first step - you will be very pleased with the results. Every person at Pathways is there to help you succeed not fail. James is now working full-time in the field for C&W Services.
PATHWAYS UPCOMING SKILLS COURSES
LIGHT INDUSTRIAL TRAINING OCTOBER 24TH Course Length: 8 weeks Participants learn the essential skills and gain the certifications needed to succeed in the warehouse and manufacturing industry. Certifications: Graduates receive the certifications essential to attaining employment and working safely in the warehouse and manufacturing industry. Forklift Operators & Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Basic Fall Protection First Aid and CPR & WHMIS Worker Health and Safety Awareness
CLASSES WINTER 2017
ADMINISTRATIVE & CLERICAL TRAINING JANUARY 3, 2017 PROPERTY MAINTENANCE TRAINING JANUARY 3, 2017 LIGHT INDUSTRIAL TRAINING JANUARY 9, 2017 CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY TRAINING JANUARY 30, 2017
Co-op Placement: 1 week
UPCOMING COURSES & CERTIFICATIONS STANDALONE CERTIFICATIONS
Don't forget about our standalone certificates. These one and two day courses provide the certifications needed to works safely on the job site based on new safety standards.
WORKING AT HEIGHTS STANDARD FIRST AID AND CPR FORKLIFT CERTIFICATION WHMIS
Published on Oct 18, 2016
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